Project Description





Waco 9

Role:  Three seat open cockpit biplane

National Origin: United States

Manufacturer: Advance Aircraft Company

First Flight: 1925

Primary User: Barnstorming

Number Built: 270

The Waco Nine is a tube and fabric constructed  three-seat open cockpit bi-plane built by the Advanced Aircraft Company.   The Waco Nine was the First mass-produced model with about 270 aircraft produced between 1925 and 1926.  The Waco Nine holds the Type Certificate number ATC11,  and is licensed as a Standard Category aircraft.    All the Waco Nine models were powered by the water cooled, Curtiss OX-5  90 HP engine  turning 1,400 RPM.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Length: 23 ft 4 in ( m)
  • Wingspan: 29 ft 6 in ( m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss OX-5, 90 hp ( kW)


  • Maximum speed: 92 mph ( km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 79 mph ( km/h)
  • Stall speed: 32 mph ( km/h)
  • Range: 375-400 miles ( km)

About MAFM’s Waco 9

NC1536 was built in 1925 and is serial number 9 off the line of about 270 built. In 2000, Frank Pavliga started what turned out to be a 14 year restoration of this magnificent piece of American History.   Forrest Barber made the first flight on  Friday,  April 13, 2012.  Here is a video that captures the emotions of Frank on that first flight. The aircraft restoration is considered by most that have seen it to be a perfect “10”.   Frank made every effort to keep the aircraft 100% original down to the steerable tailskid and no brakes!  There are estimated to be 10-15 Waco Nine airframes scattered around including several in museums, but it is believe that this is the only flyable example remaining.